By Elena Kadvany
'It is all much harder for the smaller guys.' Kristi Marie's shutters in Redwood CityUploaded: Mar 2, 2020
Kristi Marie's closed Friday after five years of business in downtown Redwood City.
"We found success through you, our wonderful guests who supported us over the past five years," reads a sign posted to the cafe's Instagram last week. "Thank you for allowing us to be who we are."
Kristi Marie's namesake-owner Kristi Borrone (right) with employees Wendell Prieto (left) and Christian Masulit in 2018. Photo by Natalia Nazarova.
Namesake-owner Kristi Borrone of local Borrone family fame opened the small 318 Arguello St. cafe with her husband, Zu Tarazi, in 2015. Kristi Marie's drew a devoted local following for its "OG" breakfast sandwich, pastries, burger and other casual fare.
Neither owner could be immediately reached for comment.
"Please keep supporting the independent shops in Redwood City, or in any city for that matter," the closure sign reads. "It is all much harder for the smaller guys."
Tarazi runs nearby wine bar BottleShop, which serves Kristi Marie's focaccia. The couple also owned the now-closed Station 1 in Woodside.
A selection of baked goods from Kristi Marie's in Redwood City. Photo by Natalia Nazarova.